The new HTC Velocity is blisteringly fast and after a week in the USA attending the CES show where I was able to use the Samsung Illusion 4G phone running on the Verizon Network the only conclusion that one can draw is that the combination of the HTC Velocity and Telstra’s Next G network is light years ahead of what the US carrier is dishing up as 4G.When operating the Velocity at Telstra’s fastest 3G capabilities I found that the device was significantly faster than what Verizon delivered in Las Vegas, this is due to Telstra using 3G dual channel HSPA+ connectivity at the top end of their 3G service.
Tests conducted in Mosman which is more than 5 kilometres from the Sydney CBD revealed that when the phone ran in 3G mode that I was able to achieve faster download speeds with the Velocity than with the new Google Samsung Nexus, the iPhone 4S and recent HTC Sensation models released with the new Beats Audio technology. Speeds reached 28Mbs in 3G mode.
Back in North Sydney at 6.30pm which is when there is less people using the Telstra 4G network I was able to get speeds of 36Mbps with web sites opening instantly and a YouTube video opening faster than my notebook running on a corporate Ethernet connection.
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When it comes to looks the Velocity is fatter than the Google Nexus or the fast selling Samsung Galaxy S 2 due in part to a raised back. The Velocity is 168 grams Vs 116 grams for the Galaxy S 2. The Apple iPhone 4S is 140 grams and at 11.3mm thick it does tend to bulk up in the hand.
Under the bonnet the Velocity has a 1.5GHz Scorpion dual core processor on top of Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon chipset with Adreno 220 GPU and 1GB of RAM. This delivers ample performance when accessing files and scrolling around applications.
What I would have liked is to test this phone running Android 4.0 as the access speed to a lot of applications has been speeded up with 4.0 as I found with the Google Nexus phone.
The powerful processor enables one to seamlessly multi task which when combined with the download speeds that 4G delivers makes this an excellent business phone with the added advantage that when you do want to turn to entertainment activities it really performs.
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|Android said that they got 40Mbps, we could not achieve these speeds in North Sydney 3.6lkm from the GPO.|
The Velocity has a 4.5 inch S-LCD capacitive touchscreen which is not as bright as the Galaxy S2 this is due in part to the screen having a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels at 245ppi pixel density.
While the display delivers a good enough performance, one would have expected a better screen from a phone that is capable of delivering video faster than any other smartphone in the market.
The only thing on the back of the phone is a dual flash and an 8MP camera that comes with autofocus and geo tagging. It records video at 1080p at 60 frames per second.
It also has a 1.3MP front camera for video conferencing bundled together with Bluetooth v3.0.
What was excellent was when we used the device to deliver broadband to a device by tethering the to a tablet and notebook, if you do this try and leave the phone charging.
The phone itself comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and DLNA for wireless streaming of content.
HTC claim that you get up to 7 hours of battery life and while we did not have time to test this I am suspicious that this will not be the case if you download a lot of content or watch videos.
The device has 16GB internal storage with the option to expand using a microSD card.
Typical download speeds range from 2Mbps to 40Mbps and typical upload speeds from 1Mbps to 10Mbps.
The HTC Velocity 4G is powered by Android Honeycomb 2.3 which Telstra claims will be upgradable to Android 4.0 in the future.
Telstra is the first mobile service provider in Australia to launch 4G LTE mobile services with Samsung confirming today that they will launch two new 4G devices shortly on the Telstra network.
Telstra’s 4 G service is available in eight capital city CBDs within 5km from GPO plus more than 80 regional and metropolitan centres within 3km from regional town centres.
Outside of Telstra’s 4G footprint the HTC Velocity 4G switches automatically to a 3G network.
Telstra said that consumers can purchase the HTC Velocity 4G for $0 upfront on the $79 Freedom Connect Plan (after using an included MRO Bonus), with $800 worth of included calls and MMS, unlimited SMS and 2GB of data, all to standard Australian numbers (excludes use overseas) each month. Min cost over 24 months is $1,896.
Business customers can purchase the HTC Velocity 4G for $0 upfront on the $90 Business Mobile Advantage Member plan (after using their included MRO bonus), with unlimited standard national SMS, unlimited national MessageBank diversion and retrieval in Australia, free national voice calls to eligible mobiles on the same account and 2GB of data to use in Australia each month that can be shared with other eligible mobiles on the same account while in Australia. Min cost over 24 months is $2160.
The device is also available from JB Hi-Fi stores.